Friday, April 13th, 2001

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Friday, April 13th, 2001
Volume 5, Number 116


NEWS IN BRIEF

1) SASS protests alleged police actions
2) World news roundup
3) Campus events

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Women’s rugby to host season’s final home game
2) Intramural basketball scoreboard
3) World sports roundup
4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

WEATHER FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy. High 71.
Attention: Today is Friday the 13th.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 46.
Please do not confuse this date with Thursday the 12th or Saturday the 14th.

Saturday: Sunny. High 65.
Unlike those relatively innocent days, Friday the 13th is 24 hours of pure evil…

Sunday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs in the upper 60s.
However, it does bear a striking resemblance to Monday the 16th – Tax Day.

TODAY’S SHARPLES MENU

Lunch: Beef with broccoli, jasmine rice, *three bean casserole, eggplant creole, veggie blend, fortune cookies
**Wrap bar

Dinner: Tandoori chicken, oven roasted potatoes, *tabouleh, baby carrots, peas
**Pizza bar

NEWS REPORT

1) SASS protests alleged police actions

The Swarthmore African-American Student Society has organized a speak-out to be held on the front steps of Parrish Hall today starting at 5:00 p.m. The call to action came as a result of the events of this past weekend, which included two African-American students accusing the Swarthmore Borough Police of illegally entering their apartment and harassing them.

Prince Achime ’01 and Nii Addy ’02 claimed that early Sunday morning Officer William Thomas illegally entered their apartment in the Barn asking for Achime and proceeded to interrogate Addy regarding the assault of Randy Kiem ’02 a few hours earlier.

One person has been arrested in connection with the assault on Kiem Sunday morning. A female student from Bryn Mawr was also arrested for assaulting Kiem earlier Saturday night, though no connection between the incidents has been determined.

Regarding the allegations of Achime and Addy, Thomas has denied that he entered the apartment and Police Chief Brian Craig has corroborated his story.

The incident led to signs being posted around campus next to the Public Safety Awareness Bulletins accusing the Borough Police of racial profiling and unlawful search and seizure.

The SASS speak-out will be a chance for students to hear first-hand accounts of students who feel they have been treated unfairly due to their race by Swarthmore Police. A spokesperson for the group said, “This issue has a much more substantial history than simply the events of the past weekend.”

SASS has also released an official statement regarding the issue. The statement reads, in part, “the Swarthmore Borough police violated the privacy and security of black Swarthmore College students. This is the most recent incident in a general trend of prejudicial treatment by Swarthmore police officers.”

For the full text of the SASS statement, as well as images of the original Public Safety Awareness Bulletin and the subsequent “Cop Watch Bulletin,” go to http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/org/daily/archive/spring_2001/20010413extra.html.

– Jeff Heckelman

2) World news roundup

With the crew of the EP-3E surveillance plane returning to Hawaii yesterday, President Bush announced that the American aircraft was not responsible for the collison that led to the death of a Chinese fighter pilot. Many of the crew members backed up the President’s statement, saying that the EP-3E had been on autopilot when the Chinese plane flew too close. Meanwhile, the US is already making plans to continue aerial surveillance of China, against that country’s wishes, using high-altitude U-2 planes which cannot be reached by fighter jets.

Cincinnati Mayor Charles Luken declared his city in a state of emergency Thursday evening, placing an all-night curfew on the streets following riots that have erupted in reaction to the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman. Additionally, City Hall has been placed under heavy security, and Luken is considering bringing in the National Guard. 150 people have been arrested in the rioting and over 70 have been injured, causing the victim’s mother to call for an end to the violence.

Stewiacke, Nova Scotia was the scene of a train accident yesterday when a Via Rail train derailed and one of the cars crashed into a building. At least twenty people were injured in the wreck, with 12 more still stuck in the mangled car, though none of the injuries are considered life-threatening. The cause of the derailing is not yet known, and the train was moving at 50 mph when it went off the tracks.

3) Campus events

Today:

Good Friday Passion
Bond Memorial Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Talk by Abejaobrera, Cuban Solidarity Youth Group
Kohlberg 226, 4:15 p.m.

“Hindus, Muslims, and the Partition of India in Five Modern South Asian Writers”
by Professor Indira Peterson, Chair of Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College.
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

Passover Dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Film: “Girl, Interrupted”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Swarthmore Christian Fellowship Meeting
Kohlberg 115, 7:30 p.m.

International Club Movie Night
Kohlberg 116, 7:30 p.m.

Film: “Gods and Monsters”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Contra Dance
No partner necessary, live music called by Jenny Beer.
Upper Tarble, 7:00 p.m.

Anime Club Meeting: “Saber Marionette J” and “Cowboy Bebop”
Kohlberg 115, 7:00 p.m.

Film: “Terminator 2”
LPAC Cinema, 7:30 & 10:00 p.m.

Sunday:

Easter Sunrise Service
Wake-up calls available – contact Claire Ruud (x3940, cruud1)
Amphitheater, 6:30 a.m.

Celebration of Easter Sunday Mass
Bond Memorial Hall, 11:00 a.m.

Protestant Worship
Bond 2nd Floor Worship Room, 4:00 p.m.

Passover Dinner
Bond Memorial Hall, 5:00 p.m.

Taiwanese Film Showing
LPAC Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

SPORTS UPDATE

1) Women’s rugby to host season’s final home game

This Saturday the women’s rugby team will host Princeton in their final home game of the season. Adding to the significance is the large contingent of graduating seniors on the team for whom this will be their last chance to play in front of a home crowd. The game will start at 11:00 a.m. on the rugby field and will feature final home performances by Nancy Craig, Emily Wilkins, Cathy Vaughan, Laura Blume, Erica Anderson, Siobhan Carty, Rachel Stein, Elizabeth Meehan, Vanessa Knoedler, Bonnie French, and Rebecca Howes-Mischel.

2) Intramural scoreboard

Competitive League

Alums 75
Festivus for the Restivus 62

Landsharks 82
THE ARC 78 (triple overtime)

Young Bucks 61
Karma Police 49

Non-Competitive League

Jelly Donut 42
The Wahooligans 33

DU Pigroast 54
Hey Hey Hey 38

Team 3 44
Big Gay Buggers 23

Mothership Connection 55
Mad Monkeys 41

3) World sports roundup

Mario Lemieux’s first playoff game in four years saw his Pittsburg Penguins fall to the Washington Capitals, 1-0. Olaf Kolzig made 16 saves to record the shutout for the Caps. In other series openers, the defending champion New Jersey Devils crushed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1, while the Blues beat the Sharks, 3-1.

The Toronto Blue Jays postponed yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after pieces of the SkyDome’s retractable roof fell to the field. The panels broke off during a routine test opening prior to the game, while the Royals were taking batting practice.

NBA owners passed a set of rule changes yesterday, including the allowance of zone defenses, which are intended to improve the flow of the game and boost offensive production. Additionally, defensive players will no longer be allowed to stand in the paint for more than three seconds if they are not closely guarding someone, and the ball will have to be brought past midcourt in eight seconds now, as opposed to the traditional 10.

4) Today’s and tomorrow’s contests

Today:

Baseball hosts Washington, 3:15 p.m.

Saturday:

Women’s rugby hosts Princeton, 11:00 a.m.
Men’s lacrosse at Dickinson, 11:00 a.m
Track and field at Mason-Dixon Invitational (Gettysburg), 11:00 a.m
Women’s lacrosse hosts Franklin & Marshall, 12:00 p.m.
Baseball at Dickinson, 12:00 p.m.
Softball at Gettysburg, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s tennis at Salisbury State, 1:00 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse hosts Swat Alumnae, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday:

There are no contests scheduled for Sunday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one  who gets burned.” – Buddha